Land Rover has just released a film depicting polar explorer Ben Saunders driving the most powerful Land Rover ever produced, the Range Rover Sport SVR, on a full-scale snow-carved replica of England’s Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
Finnish former rally champion Minna Sillankorva accompanied Saunders on this epic undertaking, and the help was surely welcomed as the slippery three and a half mile track was a challenging surface for the 542 horsepower V8-powered SVR, which is capable of accelerating from 0-60 in a mere 4.5 seconds.
Saunders is an ambassador to Land Rover and a leader of expeditions to both the North and South Poles, Saunders stated: “Obviously, I had an amazing day. It was my first time driving on ice and the most fun I’ve had on four-wheels. The performance of the Range Rover Sport SVR is simply breathtaking and its poise in the corners was astounding given the slippery conditions.”
The icy conditions were a bit easier to tackle thanks to the off-road technology of the Terrain Response 2 system, which automatically tailors a range of vehicle settings to suit the conditions, plus permanent four-wheel drive.
Mike Cross, chief engineer for vehicle integrity, said: “We pride ourselves on the all-terrain capability and composure of our vehicles, putting them through intensive hot and cold climate testing. The Range Rover Sport SVR is the most dynamic model we’ve ever produced and combining these qualities showcases the unique talents and expertise of our dedicated engineers.”